10. Pin Protection

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If you want to be sure that your phone and its contents are safe at all times, you should consider downloading the security app Pin Genie. With a version for both the iPhone and Android, its unique patented pin pad ensures that NO ONE will be snooping in your text messages and photos. Better yet, you can set the app to take a photo of the intruder after three failed attempts so you know exactly who’s been trying to sneak a peek!

9. Lock Your Phone At All Times

One of the more obvious ways to keep the contents on your phone protected is to pin-lock your phone and have it sign out after a short period of time. While we understand it can be a pain to have to type in your pin every time you leave your phone idle, your better safe than sorry. Imagine if someone walked off with it and could easily read your text messages and search through your photos? It’s better to be safe than sorry, so lock that phone up! If you want real protection when you lock your screen, use Pin Genie for Android. With Pin Genie no one will be able to guess your pin code, even if they watched you type it! This is possible due to their next level keyboard that switches the arrangement of the numbers on the buttons.

8. File Scanner

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For those of you with android phones, it’s important to have a file scanner on your phone to make sure you haven’t picked up any malware or viruses. We personally suggest using Avast! Mobile Security which will not only scan and resolve issues on you phone, but will protect you while browsing the internet by identifying dangerous URLs. There are other file scanners on the market as well, but when it comes to the best rated, we suggest going with Avast!

7. Encrypt Your Personal Files

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First off, there’s no need to panic. We understand that when people think encryption they believe you have to have some super complicated degree in computer technology. Thankfully, with all of the apps available on the market, you can actually easily encrypt your personal files, photos and text messages without worrying someone will steal them if they hack into your phone. One of the best apps for data encryption is Pin Genie Vault for iOs. It allows you to create files (vaults) that are encrypted with their patented pin pad technology, so you can ensure NO ONE is getting into your private stuff. And best of all? It’s FREE here.

6. Password Protector

Do you use the same password for all of your web logins? Well, we hate to burst your bubble, but you are a very high risk for having your accounts hacked. It’s important to realize that in this day in age, even the most inexperienced hacker can access your web accounts. And most people, have no interest in creating overly-complicated passwords they have to input everyday. Thankfully, there are apps available that will keep track of all of your accounts and store the most difficult passwords for you. You always want to have password protection, so you can avoid becoming another cyber victim. Download Pin Genie Vault now and experience full password security.

5. Set-Up Phone Notifications

Did you know that you can set up notifications through smartphone apps to let you know if someone is trying to gain access to your phone? Sometimes it’s not just theft you need to worry about, but peeping toms looking to gain access to your personal info. One app that will notify you if someone is trying to gain access to your phone is Pin Genie. If someone makes three failed attempts, not only will you receive an email alert, but your phone will take a photograph of the snoop as well! How incredible is that?

4. Maintain Location Logs

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Regardless of how you feel about your phone (and Apple) tracking your movements minute to minute, it’s so important to have your location services ON, especially if you happen to lose your phone (or even worse have it stolen). When your location services are set to on, your phone actually keeps a log of where you’ve traveled. This can help authorities track down your phone. However, when it’s OFF, you have no written record of where you last were or where the phone is going, which can make recovering your smartphone even more difficult.

3. Gain Remote Access

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One of the best ways you can protect your personal data on your phone is by gaining remote access if it’s ever stolen. This allows you to take control of your phone wherever it happens to be in an attempt to lock out the perpetrator who decided to steal it. The app for iOS known as Lookout! has the capability to allow you to remotely access your phone and then wipe it clean so the phone becomes essentially useless to the thief. ISL Light iOs also provides you with the ability to gain access to your phone from your tablet or desktop! While it may seem frivolous, you’ll be happy if you unfortunately loser your phone or someone with sticky fingers happens to snatch it up.

2. Don’t Download without Research

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This is especially important if you own an android phone, but you don’t want to just download any app or file to your phone without it being thoroughly vetted. In this day in age, you never know what someone may have uploaded to the app store and whether or not a file you wish to download is not laced with viruses. If you want to ensure your photos, text messages and login information is kept safe and secure, be sure to do your homework.

1. Turn Off Photo Sync

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One of the great features of smartphones is the ability to sync your photos with the iCloud, Google Drive and Dropbox. However, it is possible during the syncing process someone could hack into your various photo files. We recommend keeping photo sync off and then syncing your photos manually. You should also enable 2-step verification which will require an extra security code in order to gain access to Google, iCloud or Dropbox. This way you know your photos are protected at all times.